Longtime Roughriders QB Darian Durant announces retirement

Darian Durant, pictured in action for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. (Mark Taylor/CP)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Darian Durant has announced his retirement from professional football after a 12-year career.

Durant is best known for his 11 seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, where he won two Grey Cups in 2007 and 2013.

“To the CFL, my former teammates, coaches, and to all the guys I’ve battled against over the past 12 years: I just want to say thank you,” Durant said on his official website. “Thank you for helping me develop into the man I am today. So many life lessons have been learned throughout this football journey. With that being said, I have decided to retire from football.”

A devastating Achilles injury ruled out Durant for the entire 2015 season and he had some niggling problems throughout 2016 as well. Contract negotiations stalled at the end of that campaign and he ended up departing for the Montreal Alouettes.

Despite leaving for Montreal and Winnipeg, Durant still has a strong connection with Saskatchewan, the team and especially its fans.

“To my fans in Ridernation: If you cut me open, I am sure that I would bleed green,” Durant said. “Saskatchewan and Regina will always be home. I always strived to be a Rider legend, and I am honoured to be spoken of in the company of George, Ron, Roger & Gene! I named my daughter Amayah Taylor, after Taylor Field. It meant so much to me to be able to play in the last game at “old” Mosaic Stadium. It’s also very fitting to me that I played the last game of career in Regina last fall, and was able to see and hear the fans one last time from the playing field. I look forward to one day showing my family around Regina, and showing my daughter where her father won a championship in front of Ridernation on ‘Taylor’ Field.”

Durant retires with more than 31,000 career passing yards, 164 touchdowns and 115 interceptions.

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